Training days.

I run In Service Training (IST) days for various organisations around the country.  

Here is a brief overview of some of the training.

Is your yoga getting on your nerves?                             

When was the last time you gave your nervous system due care in your yoga practice? 
We are used to thinking about muscles and joints, possibly the circulatory system
but do we give the nervous system enough/any attention? 
Are we familiar with the major nerves of the body?             
Do we know which postures strongly affect these nerves?
What are the symptoms of a nervous system in trouble?
How do we differentiate between nerves and muscles?
How should we take care of our nervous system?

At the end of the day, you will be able to answer all these questions!

The Anatomy of Balance

Have you ever questioned how we stand on one leg?  Have you wondered what yoga's balance poses do for you? Do your stability and mobility match up? 

The morning will be spent looking at the underlying anatomy, from the feet upwards.  We will look at how foot posture affects balance, learn the nerve supply to the foot and understand which muscles in the lower leg help control our balance.  The key issue of foot-to-brain connections will be covered, plus the crucial role of pelvic muscles in our balance.  We will put mobility versus stability under the spotlight and look at the role of the ‘core muscles’. Fixing strategies and proprioception will end the morning’s session.

In the afternoon, we will look at classic yoga balance poses and unpick what is going on in the yoga body.

Muscles and Yoga

As yoga teachers and enthusiastic practitioners, we know all about muscles, don’t we? We know how to stretch them, but are we familiar with other important aspects of muscles in action?

In the morning, we will look briefly at muscle mechanics and then put our understanding of muscle action under the spotlight.  Terms such as concentric, eccentric, agonist and antagonist, isotonic and isometric will be illustrated, by reference to yoga postures.

The afternoon will be dedicated to looking at the working anatomy of muscles in yoga  – a very practical session to help us understand how we move in and out of postures.

Stepping up your anatomy: The hip

A well functioning hip is crucial to our yoga practice, but how well do we understand it?  The morning session will concentrate on the theory by taking an in-depth look at the anatomy eg. joint structure, muscles etc, leading into movement analysis. Together we will explore how far we can move the hip and when to stop.  Hip problems such as arthritis will be covered, as well as surgical interventions.  The morning's style will be highly practical.  

The afternoon’s session will again be very practical, focussing on the hip in various classical asanas.  Out of this, we will develop a clear plan for taking care of the hip in yoga, giving you ideas to help, protect and maintain hip health.

Stepping up your anatomy: The Knee

The day will be spent looking at the structure of the knee and the clever way that the knee is constructed to give us a large range of movement but designed to give maximum stability.  However, the knee is precariously poised between the hip and the ankle/foot and is therefore vulnerable to dysfunction... and pain.  We will take a close look at the patello-femoral joint and what can go wrong when the delicate balance of the kneecap is upset.  We will be putting various postures under the anatomical spotlight to see how we can protect and well as improve the health of the knee. You will go home with some good ideas for class work as well as looking after your own precious knees!

Stepping up your anatomy: the cervical and thoracic spines - one or two days

This workshop will encourage you to look at the spine in a new way. Through a combination of powerpoint presentations, peer observation and practical posture work, the magic machine that is the spine cannot fail to inspire you. You will understand how daily life can adversely affect the neck and upper back and why certain movements are essential in our yoga practice to restore and maintain a healthy spine. 

Stepping up your anatomy: the shoulder - one or two days NEW IN 2018
The shoulder area is complex and deserves in-depth study over time. Shoulder problems can be difficult to understand and hard to remedy. We will explore the basic anatomy of the shoulder, leading into some movement analysis. Together we will look at what often goes wrong.  Common problems such as 'frozen shoulder' and rotator cuff tendinitis will be covered. We will also focus on the shoulder in asana, working together on ideas to modify poses and ideas to help, protect and maintaom shoulder health.  The second day starts with a very welcome revision  and then we move into looking in more depth at what challenges poses present and how to remedy them. 

Some comments about the shoulder course:

'I love your presentation style, and the practical interaction with the class' 
'The practical assessment and understanding of why shoulders are difficult or painful is really enlightening.'
'A brilliant day. So much valuable information to take away and filter into my classes'
'I have learnt so much over the two parts and feel much more confident about dealing with students who have shoulder issues'.
'Fantastically informative and interactive as always.'
'Just one word.... BOSS!'